Dennis J. Miller

Dennis J. Miller, 81, of Ottawa, passed away, Friday, Feb. 19, 2021, at AdventHealth Shawnee Mission.

Celebration of life services are planned for a later date. The family suggests memorial contributions to Midland Care c/o Dengel & Son Mortuary, 235 S. Hickory, Ottawa, Kansas 66067. Family and friends are encouraged to post their condolences and memories on Dennis’ Tribute Wall at

Dennis was born on April 13, 1939, in Ponca City, Oklahoma, the son of Paul and Helen Miller. He lived in Ottawa since 1979 moving here from Atchison, Kansas. Dennis graduated from Wichita East High School with the class of 1957.

He was united in marriage to Linda Robinson, Sept. 9,1979, in Atchison, Kansas. She preceded him in death in November 2004. He was later united in marriage to Sandra “Sandy” Barnett Kimball, Sept. 2, 2011, in Ottawa. She survives of the home.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Linda, and his parents.

Survivors include daughter, Marissa Burcham (Roger), of Ottawa; six stepchildren, Lori Bell (Ron), of Lee’s Summit, Missouri; Shelly Hayward (Jim,) of Princeton, Kansas; Tracy Warner (Rick), of Des Moines, Iowa; Mindi Masoner (Dallas), of Chanute, Kansas; Jodie Leiss (Damon), of Maryville, Missouri; Shelly Graham (Larry), of Suffolk, Virginia; 16 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

Dennis worked in management for several retail stores including Pamida of Ottawa and Atchison, Town & Country Supply, Mr. C’s Hardware and Walmart Supercenter where he retired in the mid- 2000s.

Dennis was an elder and church choir member at Westminster Presbyterian Church. He was also a member of Power of the Past Antique Engine and Tractor and Ottawa Kiwanis. He enjoyed model railroading, reading westerns, watching Gunsmoke, listening to classical music and spending time with his dog Tanner. Dennis was the best Dad and Papa you could ask for and more. He was very active in the lives of his children, especially his grandchildren and great grandchildren. Dennis would move the world to keep them happy.

Published on February 24, 2021